If you’ve been considering the upgrading of your home and increasing its resale value, you should be well aware about the fact that the beautiful and enduring metal roofing is highly valued as one of the top renovation-friendly building materials for rehabbers and new home builders.
While the initial cost for a premium roof is higher than most other roofing materials, you’ll save money in the long run. A metal roof can last a lifetime, whereas materials like asphalt require re-roofing every 10 to 20 years. A metal roof can also increase the resale value of your home. Here in Texas, a metal roof can even lower your homeowner’s insurance by 35%.
The average life of a non-metal roof is 17 years. Asphalt can require re-roofing every 10 to 20 years, often sooner. But a metal roofing system offers unmatched durability, lasting 2 to 3 times longer. Chances are good that a metal roof will be the last roof you ever install on your home.
Non-metal roofing materials begin to deteriorate as soon as they are exposed to elements such as the UV rays of the sun, temperature changes, severe storms, and high winds. A metal roof will never deteriorate, and can withstand most everything Mother Nature throws its way.
Metal roofing reflects heat effectively to reduce cooling loads in the summer and insulates homes during the winter. This helps to lower energy bills.
A metal roof will absolutely not increase the likelihood of lightning striking your home. However, if your home were hit by lightning, your metal roof would disperse the energy safely throughout the structure. Since metal roofing isn’t combustible or flammable. It’s a low risk and desirable roofing option where severe weather is concerned, especially for lightning.
This may surprise you but metal roofing is often quieter than asphalt shingle roof. When installed with solid sheathing, a metal roof in your home will actually silence noise from rain, hail and bad weather, many times much better than other roofing materials.
Today metal roofing systems are built to last. Steel metal roofing has a “metallic coating” made of either zinc or a combination of zinc and aluminum. This metallic coating prevents rust from forming and is bonded to the steel at the factory. Paint is then applied over the metallic coating to provide the long lasting color homeowners desire.
In most cases, a metal roof can withstand decades of abuse from extreme weather like hail, high winds, and heavy snow. A typical hail storm will not dent your metal roofing. Today’s systems also have a 120-mph wind rating (equal to an F2 tornado) meaning your metal roof is also safe from wind gusts that can accompany hail storms.
Many people think you can’t or shouldn’t walk on metal roof. But the truth is that you can safely walk on any metal roof without damaging it. Before you walk your roof, we recommend you talk to you installer or roof manufacturer first. They will have the details on how to walk the particular roof you have, based on the style you chose and your roof pith.